The Lusk Committee
L0032. Russian Soviet Bureau Seized Files, 1918-1919. 1.2 cubic feet.
Arrangement: Organized into two subseries: Subseries 1, Original Seized Records, 1918- 1919, 0.7 cubic foot. Subseries 2, Photostatic Copies of Seized Records, 1918-1919, 0.5 cubic foot. Both are arranged alphabetically by topic.
The committee utilized search warrants to raid a number of organizations suspected of radical activities. During the raids, huge quantities of documents were seized and many individuals were arrested. The Russian Soviet Bureau in New York City was the target of the first committee raid, on June 12, 1919. The new Bolshevik government had set up the bureau as its official mission in an attempt to secure diplomatic recognition by the United States and encourage trade with American companies. The committee accused the bureau of being a radical revolutionary organization spreading Bolshevik propaganda. The committee used the documents during hearings and in its report to show ongoing seditious activity and connections between the bureau and other suspected radical organizations.
The series contains original and photostatic copies of records seized during the committee's raid on the Russian Soviet Bureau. A large portion of the series consists of correspondence between Bureau Director Ludwig C.A.K. Martens and individuals and organizations contacted by the bureau in order to promote better relations between the United States and Russia's Communist government. The committee suspected the bureau of promoting communist ideology and seized the records in order to gather information about seditious activities.
The records include correspondence and memoranda from the commercial, diplomatic, legal, and other departments within the Russian Soviet Bureau. There are also mailing lists of individuals and organizations, copies of speeches and articles, and lists of companies interested in doing business with the Bolshevik government. The records also contain reports of events occurring in Russia during the period.
Some documents are in Russian, with translations sometimes available. Only a few of the photostatic copies duplicate the original records.
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